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  • 06/08/2022 3:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Read all the details from the Washington Post - no paywall with this link:

    https://wapo.st/3zqYG1l

  • 06/08/2022 2:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    It's an election year, so there are many events, many candidates to meet, and many ways to help get out the vote.

    Do you love democracy?

    Support women's rights?

    Believe that diversity is to be celebrated and not disdained?

    Time to put your words into action! There's a task for everyone, and many hands make light work. Sign up here:

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b054fa5aa2ca1f85-calvert2 

  • 05/13/2022 12:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The following is shared from the League of Women Voters of Calvert County.

    The Calvert County Board of Elections has graciously agreed to provide two additional virtual voter registration training sessions to the members and supporters of LWVCC.  

    Tuesday, May 24 - 10 am

    Wednesday, June 8 - 7 pm

    Please visit the LWVCC website at https://www.lwvcalvert.org/upcoming_events to register for either event.  We encourage you to share this opportunity with your families, friends, and neighbors.

    If you wish to register voters in the State of Maryland, voter registration training is required.  If you received training in 2021, you do not need new training.  If not, please take advantage of this opportunity to be trained.  

    The LWVCC Voter Services Committee has arranged multiple in-person voter registration events, and we need volunteers to assist so please visit the link below to volunteer. 

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805084faaac2aa7f49-voter7

    We look forward to your participation!

    Voter Services Committee

    League of Women Voters of Calvert County


  • 05/13/2022 11:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This was shared from the League of Women Voters of Maryland.

    Please use the links below to register.

    Republican Attorney General Candidates

    Tuesday, May 24th from, 7:00 – 8:30pm

    • Jim Shalleck 
    • Michael A. Peroutka

    Register here for the Republican Attorney General forum. 

    Democratic Candidates Attorney General Candidates

    Wednesday, May 25th from 7:30-9pm

    • Anthony Brown 
    • Katie Curran O’Malley 
    Register here for the Democratic Attorney General forum.

    Democratic Comptroller Candidates

    Tuesday, May 31st  from, 7-8:30pm

    • Brooke Lierman 
    • Tim Adams 
    Register here for the Democratic Comptroller forum.

    Submit questions to forum@lwvmd.org

    League of Women Voters MD
    http://www.lwvmd.org/



  • 04/18/2022 5:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The following has been shared from Keep Calvert Country (KCC) for your information.

    The report referenced below is called "Problems and Cost Increases Likely from Proposed Expansion of Prince Frederick Town Center". Several community meetings (April 21, 26, & 28) have been added to our calendar regarding these issues. Please check your emails or check our events list for details.


    KCC's Report on the Impact of the Expansion of the Prince Frederick Town Center (PFTC)

    Despite requests from citizens and standard professional planning practices, there is no indication that Planning & Zoning (P&Z) staff has conducted studies to determine the potential impact of the proposed 80% expansion of the Prince Frederick Town Center. Such studies would enable Calvert officials and residents to determine the program and budgetary impact of the proposed expansion. Without this information, county officials cannot make informed decisions on the costs of correcting future problems.

    Because the County has refused requests for studies, several members of KCC conducted extensive studies of their own and developed a report which has just been published. Click the button to read the report.

     Read KCC's Report 

  • 04/18/2022 3:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The following is an email to constituents from MD State Senator Michael Jackson. Read on to find out what Sen. Jackson has done for our state and which projects he has obtained funding for in our community. It is shared for your information.


    2022 Session Wrap-Up 

    Dear Friends,

    The 2022 legislative session recently came to a close and I can definitely say that this was the busiest session that I ever had. I was fortunate to serve as the lead sponsor for ten bills that successfully passed both chambers of the Maryland General Assembly and will become law later this year. I was also excited to secure a great deal of much-needed state funding for numerous projects throughout Southern Maryland. Details of many of these bills and projects are listed below and you can find a complete listing of all of the legislation that I worked on this year here.

    SUCCESSFUL LEGISLATION

    SB 51 - Maryland Pediatric Cancer Fund-Establishment

    This legislation will provide grants for pediatric cancer research, prevention, and treatment to organizations.

    SB 91 - Baltimore Regulation-Innkeepers-Maintenance of Guest Records and Employee Human Trafficking Awareness Training and Policy

    This legislation help keep innkeepers and their guests safe, as well as raise awareness for Human Trafficking. It will establish a requirement for all innkeepers to keep a digital record system of guest transactions. As well as a requirement for innkeepers and their employees to be properly trained for identification and reporting of human trafficking. 

    SB 234 - Public Schools-Purple Star Schools Program—Establishment

    This bill will establish the Purple Star Schools Program that was created to acknowledge public schools in Maryland that contribute outstanding services and support for military-connected students as well as their families. Purple Star schools will have a staff member as a liaison between the military and themselves, will provide web resources for military-connected students, provide transition programs for military-connected students, provide professional development for staff training related to military-connected students, and create military-connected initiatives to help involve the family or volunteer opportunities. 

    SB 378 - Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland – Funding for Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission

    This bill requires the Governor to appropriate $900,000 to the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland from the Cigarette Restitution Fund in the fiscal year 2024 and each fiscal year thereafter; and requires the funds appropriated under the Act to be used for the purpose of funding the activities of the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission.

    SB 817 - Employment of Previously Convicted Individuals—State Agencies and Youth Camps

    This legislation provides state agencies and youth camps better access to important background check information for those applying to work at local youth camps.

    SB 916 - Workgroup to Study the Fiscal and Operational Viability of Public-Private Partnerships for Charles County Public Schools

    This bill establishes the Workgroup to Study the Fiscal and Operational Viability of Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) for Charles County Public Schools (CCPS). The aim of this workgroup will be to find ways to reduce the school construction and maintenance backlog in Charles County.

    SUCCESSFUL CAPITAL FUNDING REQUESTS

    The Bayside History Museum has been awarded capital funding of $70,000 for repair, site improvement, and a desperately needed HVAC system. This fund will aid the Bayside History Museum in keeping its building comfortable for visitors and provide climate control for current displays and collection closets. 

    Brandywine Elementary School received capital funding of $35,000 for the renovation and reconstruction of the playground. The current state of the playground equipment used by grades K-2 is not safe, with lots of rust and uneven grading. The children need an environment that is safe for outdoor play as this helps young children physically and emotionally grow stronger.

    The Calvert Elks Lodge is set to receive $60,000 in capital funds to aid the site improvement of the lodge, including an HVAC system. Calvert Elks Lodge is a non-profit organization that invests in our communities through programs that help children grow up healthy and drug-free, meet the needs of today's veterans, and improve the quality of life for residents of our community This is necessary to ensure the health, safety, and comfort within the building. As Calvert Elks Lodge is a complete volunteer organization, these funds are essential.

    The End Hunger Warehouse Food Distribution Program is mission-critical to feeding hungry families throughout Southern MD. The End Hunger Warehouse has received a capital fund of $128,000 for site improvements and the construction of a 21,915 square foot commercial-grade food storage and distribution center that will meet all state and county health department guidelines. The funds will help the EHCC support 73 feeding organizations with access to low-cost food, infrastructure, technical assistance, and shared resources.

    Gwynn Park High School is receiving $60,000 of capital funds to provide a new school marquee sign, inclusive of an electronic video messaging display. The electronic marquee sign will provide an opportunity to increase awareness of school events such as graduations, sporting events, PTA meetings, concerts, plays, etc. More importantly in the case of a potential school lock-down and/or emergency, the electronic sign provides another tool to communicate updates and critical information. 

    Huntingtown High School is also receiving $60,000 of capital funds to provide for the construction of an Electronic Message Sign. The electronic sign will call attention to Huntingtown High School (HHS) from people passing by the school. It will provide an essential means of communication between the school and its community, parents, students, and teachers. As well as help with fundraising, awareness of events and news about HHS. 

    Southern Prince George's County Community Charities will be receiving $1,200,000 in capital funds for the creation of a viable community center for families, youth, adults, and seniors. The SPGCCC’s mission is to provide services that support the cultural, educational, health, and general welfare of the residents of Southern Prince George's County. This community center will aid that mission by providing a space in which a variety of community support activities can take place.

    The Calverton School Building Renovations and Safety Project will be receiving $300,000 for the funding needed to repair and upgrade the HVAC system in one of its buildings and to replace two school building roofs on its 153-acre campus for safety reasons due to aging over time. The Calverton School is a non-profit, PreK-12 independent school located in Calvert County. The buildings and HVAC system were installed decades ago and need to be refurbished for the safety of the school. 

    BUDGET OVERVIEW

    Additionally, here is an overview of some of the most important budget priorities that the Maryland General Assembly addressed this legislative session. As a member of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, funding these priorities is something of which I’m very proud.

    Targeted Tax Relief to Fight Inflation

    The Senate of Maryland, the Maryland House of Delegates, and Governor Hogan came together across party lines to enact nearly $2 billion in economic support for Maryland’s working families, retirees, and small businesses. At a time when Maryland has a historic surplus and a balanced budget, we invested in vulnerable populations who have spent a lifetime caring for others in a way that is fiscally sustainable and responsible. That tax relief package included:

    • $1.55 billion in relief For Retirees 65 and older making up to $100,000 in retirement income, and married couples making up to $150,000. As a result, 80% of Maryland’s retirees will receive substantial relief or pay no state income taxes at all (SB405/HB1468);
    • $195 million to fund the Work Opportunity Tax Credit to incentivize employers and businesses to hire and retain workers from underserved communities that have faced significant barriers to employment (SB598/HB2);
    • $115.6 million in ‘Family Budget Boosters’ including sales tax exemptions for child care products such as diapers, car seats, and baby bottles, and critical health products such as dental hygiene products, diabetic care products, and medical devices (SB316/HB282, HB288, SB571/HB492, SB488/HB364, and HB1151); and
    • $100 million to suspend Maryland’s gas tax for 30 days to provide short-term relief to Marylanders as prices at the gas pump increased quickly due to the events in Ukraine (SB1010/HB1486).

    Producing a Balanced Budget for Fiscal Year 2023 that Invests in Maryland Values

    The State surplus and fiscal outlook as we entered the 2022 Legislative Session was unprecedentedly positive. The surplus in State general funds, albeit mostly one-time funding, allowed the Maryland General Assembly to make transformative investments while saving for the future. We ultimately enacted a $61 billion budget that invests heavily in Maryland values, including:

    • $7.9B for Maryland public schools, an increase of an estimated 6.8% from last year, in addition to another $800 million as a down payment on the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future;
    • $14B in Medicaid funding to provide health care coverage to 1.5 million residents with $27M set aside for expanded dental coverage;
    • $210M to improve the cybersecurity of our State systems to prevent future outages;
    • $50M to address the workforce shortages in hospitals around Maryland;
    • $50M for grants to arts and tourism organizations disparately impacted by the pandemic;
    • $36M to support local economic development and revitalization efforts;
    • $25M to expand workforce development opportunities through apprenticeships

    I hope that you have found all of this information useful and informative. As always, it is my great honor to represent our community in the Maryland Senate. Should you have questions regarding any other issues that are important to you, please don’t hesitate to call me directly at my Annapolis office at (301) 858-3700.

     

    Sincerely, 


    Senator Michael A. Jackson

    State Senator, District 27


  • 03/21/2022 5:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The deadline to apply for first-round consideration is March 25, 2022. More information is on the county web site link:

    https://www.calvertcountymd.gov/2925/Police-Accountability-Board

  • 03/21/2022 5:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 2 sets of 4 free at-⁠home tests. If you already ordered your first set, order a second today.

    https://www.covidtests.gov/

    Need more tests? At-home COVID-19 tests are now covered by many insurance plans. Here is a link to CVS info on this. Other pharmacies may also offer these tests; please check with your pharmacy for more information.

    https://www.cvs.com/shop/content/at-home-covid-tests-education

  • 02/15/2022 1:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Profiles in Black History

    Isabel de Olvera, explorer, early 1600s

    by Krishna Mann, ideas.ted.com

    Isabel de Olvera was born in Querétaro, Mexico, in the late 1500s to an African father and an Indian mother. As a young, unmarried, free mixed-race woman in 1600, she sought permission and protection from the mayor of Querétaro to join an upcoming expedition to New Spain (or present-day New Mexico, Arizona and Florida). Although historians are not sure of her motives — some records suggest that she may have been hoping to assist recently settled families at her final destination — her deliberate preparations for the journey were documented.

    de Olvera petitioned the mayor to provide her with written permission proving she was indeed a free woman. Because she was Black, she knew she could be claimed as property by men she encountered on her journey. Her appeal to the mayor ended with this simple but clear declaration: “I demand justice.”

    After an eight-month legal process, which included sworn testimony from witnesses to prove her independence and her worthiness, de Olvera was eventually permitted to go on the expedition. The journey covered nearly 1400 miles, crossing multiple rivers, deserts and mountain ranges. While some records of the hardships exist, the exact details of where and when de Olvera went, as well as what happened next in her life, are left to speculation. “I wish we knew more, and we did a whole year of research on her,” says Dr. Berry. “We think about how many miles she might have traveled, and we recognize the bravery of what she did at that time”.

    Why her story should be told:

    Simply put, Isabel de Olvera’s existence as a free woman in the 1600s challenges the narrative that the Black experience in America began only when Africans were forcibly brought to this country and enslaved. Her journey is also among the earliest recorded instances of Black people fighting for liberty in North America, an act of resistance that is repeated throughout history.

    “Freedom is always fraught, and Black women are always demanding justice to be treated like human beings,” says Dr. Berry. “And Isabel is one of the first women that we can identify who is doing just that.”


    Barbara Jordan

    Politician, lawyer, and professor Barbara Jordan was an outspoken advocate for social equity. As a young Texan lawyer, Jordan volunteered for the Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy and his running mate, Texan Lyndon B. Johnson. Volunteering inspired Jordan to enter politics.

    After two unsuccessful campaigns, Jordan won a seat in the Texas Senate in 1966. She became one of two African Americans elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1972. In 1976, she became the first African American woman to deliver a keynote address at the Democratic National Convention.

    Jordan retired from politics and became a professor, teaching even after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and began using a wheelchair. She lived with her companion Nancy Earl for over 20 years.


    Harriet Elizabeth Brown

    Harriet  E. Brown successfully sued the Calvert County Board of Education for equal pay for African American teachers in 1937. Salaries were equalized across the state as a result.

    The case was cited across the nation.

    Thurgood Marshall was Miss Brown's attorney for this landmark case.


  • 01/04/2022 12:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Due to weather-related power outages, the January 2022 meeting has been postponed one week to Tuesday, January 11th at 7:00pm.

    This meeting will be virtual-only via Zoom due to increasing cases of Covid-19 in the metro area. For more information on Covid in our area, see the Calvert County Health Department web site at https://www.calverthealth.org/healththreats/diseases/cvirus.htm.

    Thanks, and we'll see you on Zoom on the 11th.

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